Latest News About Black Holes

A black hole is a location in space that possesses so much gravity, nothing can escape its pull, even light. Learn more about what black holes are and the latest news.
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Supermassive Diet: Black Holes Bulk-Up on Dark Matter
Spiral Galaxies About to Collide
February 27th, 2015
It has long been assumed that the size of a supermassive black hole in a galaxy's core is intimately related to the number of stars that galaxy contains -- but it might not be that simple.
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Monster Black Hole's Mighty Belch Could Transform Entire Galaxy
This artist's illustration depicts the furious cosmic winds streaming out from a monster supermassive black hole as detected by NASA's NuSTAR space telescope and the European Space Agency's XMM-Newton X-ray observatory.
February 19th, 2015
A hungry black hole has belched up a bubble of cosmic wind that could eliminate the rest of its meal and change the landscape of the entire galaxy, according to new observations.
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Evidence for Cosmic Inflation Theory Bites the (Space) Dust
Planck View of BICEP2 Field
January 30th, 2015
The signal that scientists with the BICEP2 experiment believed to be a sign of inflation in the early universe was actually light from interstellar dust. Today, scientists with BICEP2 and the Planck satellite announced their conclusion.
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Rare 'Missing Link' Black Hole Apparently Found
The newly discovered object NGC 2276-3c (shown in inset) appears to be an intermediate-mass black hole, astronomers say.
February 27th, 2015
A newfound cosmic object may be a long-sought missing link that could help flesh out the black hole family tree. NGC-2276-3c, which lies about 100 million light-years from Earth, appears to be an intermediate-mass black hole.
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Science @ the Oscars: Kavli Google+ Hangout Explores 'Interstellar,' 'Theory of Everything'
Black Hole Gargantua in 'Interstellar'
February 19th, 2015
The webcast, which is hosted by the nonprofit Kavli Foundation and begins at 4 pm EST, explores the universe of "Interstellar" and investigates how accurately the ideas of physicist Stephen Hawking were portrayed in "The Theory of Everything."
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Cosmic 'Nuclear Pasta' May Be Stranger Than Originally Thought
Artist's Impression of a Neutron Star
January 21st, 2015
The crusts of neutron stars — cosmic cousins of black holes — possess a weird form of matter known as 'nuclear pasta.'
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Happy Birthday, Stephen Hawking! Famed Scientist Turns 73 Today
Stephen Hawking
January 8th, 2015
Stephen Hawking celebrates his 73rd birthday today.
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New Space Telescope Tech Could Be 1,000 Times Sharper Than Hubble
Artist's illustration of the Aragoscope, a space telescope concept that would use a light-diffracting disc to produce ultrasharp images.
February 26th, 2015
The Aragoscope would consist of an orbiting space telescope sitting behind an opaque disc up to 0.5 miles (0.8 kilometers) wide. This disc would be made of a black plastic material, similar to a garbage bag.
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'Interstellar' Visual Effects Team Publishes Black Hole Study
The supermassive black hole Gargantua plays a major role in the 2014 sci-fi blockbuster "Interstellar."  Paramount
February 13th, 2015
The "Interstellar" visual-effects crew has published a scientific study describing the computer code that brought to life the wormhole and enormous black hole, dubbed "Gargantua," that played central roles in the film.
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Mysterious Signal Points to Monster Black Hole Merger
Black Hole Binary Inside a Quasar
January 20th, 2015
Scientists saw repeating pulses from a quasar — a bright galactic core powered by at least one huge black hole — and say the light is likely being generated during the latter stages of a monster black hole collision.
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